Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Brake For Anthropologie

There should be a bumper sticker for that, don't you think?

                    "I Brake for Anthropologie"

After all, they have built their brand on creativity, with products that exude a feeling of handmade, one-of-a-kind items.  Descriptive of what takes hold of my soul!  Ok... reality is they're massed produced but it doesn't feel like it.  They've captivated their audience with independent thinking and marketing.  And that is what I've come to expect walking into their stores no matter where I am in the country.  The pull starts with their window dressing...

... I die!!  This was two years ago at one of their stores in Manhattan Beach, CA.  A gown created out of ruffled and pleated paper.

Clothespins methodically attached to accentuate the undulating lines.  Here is a closer look at the construction.

A couture gown created with simple materials.  Don't you love it?

So, when Charleston boasted the grand opening of Anthropologie on King Street, I made it a point to check it out. 

Touches of spring surrounded me as I walked in with this being the overture to their new store.  Chalkboard? check.  Distressed wall unit? check.  The look of handmade pottery? check.  Yup... all the things we creative sorts gravitate to. It just felt like home to me!
Curious, I stepped closer to see how they attached the flowers and cornucopias to the wall to give it such dimension.

Cutouts of flowers from magazines (that's the way they appeared) were attached to the head of a nail creating a 3-D feel.  Now, see what I mean?  That handmade look as if a bunch of your best girlfriends got together on a lazy, summer afternoon to cut out pretty pictures of flowers from the latest gardening catalog.  Ooohing and ahhhing over their favorite ones.  So excited to take a pair of scissors to the page, cutting them out and pasting them in a scrapbook.

Display tables continued the spring theme with potted plants and cloches covering pastel colored macaroons.  I spent a lot of time wandering around going from the front of the store and rounding the bend to the back.  It was there that I found a gorgeous queen sized bed layered with a bright colored duvet, masses of pillows and......

... a BABY???  They now have added beautiful Gerber babies to their inventory???  I'm kidding, of course, but it did take me by surprise to see this sweet little thing plunked down in the middle of the bed not making a peep.  Just as content as could be!  Seriously, picture perfect!  

I asked the proud dad, who was standing nearby, if I could snap a photo.  He, and the beaming grandmother next to him, couldn't have been more pleased to have someone else recognize what a precious baby they have.  How can you resist such a sweet-as-pie thing??! Ok, Anthropologie... you have now taken the experience of shopping here to a whole new level!!!!  Keep up the good work!

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  1. Great post, Kadee. I didn't see the baby coming. HaHa! I love their pottery and door pulls too. You're right, it has that homey, lived in sort of feeling at the store.

  2. Who doesn't love Anthro - especially now that they've thrown babies into the mix! I'm hoping for puppies next! Happy Wednesday, Kadee - Tanya

  3. Thank you for the Anthro fix -- it's both a blessing and a curse that the nearest store is 90 min. away from me!

  4. That baby is so precious, just made me smile!! What an angel, great shot Kadee!! Love Anthro and I think we should start a West Coast to East Coast Anthropologie tour...LOL

  5. Hi, thank you so much for coming to leave me a comment. I love your blog and your photos...I'd like so much the little library! So great idea!
    Hugs Cristina

  6. Now that would be a big surprise to see this adorable perfect little one sitting in the middle of the decor bed. Beautiful store with the most amazing creative artwork and displays. You will be right at home in Charleston my dear (she said with a sweet southern drawl)...

  7. Oh WOW Kadee you have taken us on another wonderful adventure. I love this and all the creative elements that pull us creative souls in as we hear the little voice in us saying, there's no place like home! I would love to be in California and visit this shop too. It had me at the display window gown. WOW.
    But then, you share the darling pics of the little baby on the bed, and just melt our hearts. You are amazing my friend.
    Lovely post.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  8. What a fun trip - and a fun surprise, Kadee! lol I wish there was an Anthro in my town...but since there's not, I'll happily take the tour of your store with you! :) Thanks for sharing all the yumminess!!

    xoxo laurie

  9. I love Anthro too... have you seen their garden store, Terrarium? It is awesome. Thanks for letting us window shop with you!

  10. I love Anthropology too. This one looks awesome. I loved the baby on the bed how adorable.

  11. I need one of those bumper stickers! I think their design team is incredible. The dress is awesome! '-)
    Thanks for sharing the photos. Gerber Baby is darling!!!

  12. I am hoping to go into the city this weekend and wanna go to anthropologie store
    I like everything in it and get some great ideas, they have some very creative people working there

  13. I love that dress and anthropologie. this is a great post. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  14. Great dress!!! And love that sweet baby. Not one near us, so sad.. thanks so much for sharing. xo marlis

  15. Great job of showcasing a store that epitomizes SHOWCASING. The creativity and freshness of Anthropologie's windows and in-store displays always enthrall me.

    Found your blog through the Tablescaper, but definitely will be back again. I am becoming your latest follower and invite you to visit my blog.


  16. Okay, now I HAVE to go to anthropologie!!!

  17. Anthropologie is absolutely amazing. I didn't notice the clothespins until you pointed them out! It's worth a trip to just see the displays!

  18. The dress is adorable. Who would think to put clothes pins on a ruffle?

  19. How cute! The baby is a fun addition to your cute photos! I love it!

  20. What great shots of Anthropologie! I LOVE that store! LIfe to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  21. Kadee, my youngest daughter loves Anthropologie too. Can you believe I have never been to one? There is not one in our vicinity. Love that wall unit! And that baby, precious for sure! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. That window display is so wonderful...I need to shop there again!

  23. One of my favorite stores. I am always in there taking pictures and enjoying the displays. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. How is the search going??

  24. Kadee, I recognize that window! Still one of my fave Anthro windows ever!

    I miss you!


  25. I love your writing style, this post had me laughing and that baby is sooooooo freakin' cute! Definitely a perfect, gerber baby :)
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures